Wednesday, 12 August 2020

C'River NASS members caution FFK, give reasons for battling Ayade


The National Assembly members from Cross River State has warned the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, to please mind his business and stay off the state's politics.

The warning comes against the backdrop of the claim by the former Presidential spokesperson to President Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Committee that he will dump the party alongside several other party men if the structure of the party is taken away from the governor.

Fani-Kayode in his twitter handle had cautioned the NWC of taking away the party structure from Gov Ben Ayade, saying that a sitting Governor cannot be undermined or humiliated in his own state. 

 According to him,  "no matter how powerful the PDP might be, any attempt to undermine Ayade will spark off a crisis that will split the party and the consequences will not be limited to Cross River State."

The governor, Professor Ben Ayade, and other stakeholders of the party have been at loggerheads overtime over the ward and chapter congresses of the party and this culminated in the postponement of the state congresses on Saturday, August 8, 2020.


However, members of the State's PDP caucus at the National Assembly have faulted the claim by the minister and advised him against meddling into the affairs of the chapter.


The members in the statement endorsed by Senators Gershom Bassey, Sandy Onor, Rt Hon. Essien Ayi, Eta Mbora, Daniel Asuquo, Chris Agibe, and Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe wondered why Kayode should not concentrate all his efforts in ensuring that the party wins the election in his own state rather than dissipating energy on another state's internal affairs.

According to them, "The National Assembly members from CRS are astonished that Fani Kayode can get so ballistic on a matter, he knows nothing about. He throws tantrums at the people that have sustained the party, while he is on sabbatical. 


"We thought he was going to ask Gov Ayade certain salient questions before dabbling into the CRS matter. He should have asked Ayade why he contributed two billion naira (#2,000,0000.00), to the APC in the 2019 Elections?


"Did Fani Kayode ask him why he supported Hope Uzodinma in Imo State against Emeka Ihedioha of PDP in the last Governorship election in Imo state?


"Did he ask Ayade why he sent N5m only, in December last year to the Party, as a Seating Governor after so much pressure? Did he ask Ayade if he could win CRS for PDP without the NASS Members?


"Did he ask Ayade if he had at least 50% of the structures or not, bearing in mind that there are other stakeholders and we are in a democracy?


"Finally, we think that Fani Kayode should brief us on the standing of the Party in his own State if he is on ground. We know that the PDP is very weak in his State, so he should go and put his State together for the Party. 


"Fani Kayode's main occupation at the moment is "talking but he should choose when and what to talk about, in spite of the inducements", the national assembly members said.